Zverev Beats Gasquet For Second ATP Title In Montpellier
Victory sees Zverev surge to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which determines the #NextGenATP players that will qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, from 7-11 November.
It was a day of double delight for Zverev as he partnered with older brother, Mischa Zverev, to win the doubles crown, with victory over second seeds Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor. In winning his first doubles title, Zverev became the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt at Newport in 2014.
It is the first time a pair of brothers won the doubles title after one of them had won the singles since Andy Murray did the double with Jamie Murray in Tokyo six years ago.
"I'm very happy to win my first title of the year," said Zverev. "Obviously it was a very tough tournament, only one straight-sets match in the whole tournament, today, and it was not an easy one. I think it was a high-level match and I'm happy to get the win.
"It's great to win singles and doubles. I'm very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs."
Zverev fought his way to the singles title at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament, beating Aljaz Bedene, Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets before toppling the third-seeded Gasquet in 88 minutes.
The 30-year-old Gasquet was looking to win the Montpellier title for the fourth time, following victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016, also finishing runner-up in 2014 (l. to Monfils). But he could not find a way past Zverev in their first meeting.
The German raced away with the first set tie-break, before breaking decisively in the eighth game of the second set, converting his fourth match point as he served out victory.
"It was a difficult match," said Gasquet. "It was close during the first set. I had a bad start, he quickly broke me at the beginning of the match. It’s not easy to break such a good player twice. I managed to come back, but he broke again. I made a few mistakes. He hits the ball really hard on both sides and has a pretty incredible service. He deserves his victory today. But overall I’m happy about this week."